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Sunday turned out to be a perfect autumn day in Helsinki.  It was cool, but the sun was shining and the sky was blue.

I began my day in the lovely park beside the Vanha Kirkko, old church.

The rooftop at Stockmann. They say if you can’t get it at Stockmann you don’t need it.

The park in Esplanadi never disappoints.

Havis Amanda smiling as usual.

I took the ferry to Suomenlinna, the old military island in the harbour. These days it is a lovely green space where people love to walk and have lunch at one of the many pretty cafes and restaurants.

The old bunkers are a reminder of the island’s military past.

Back at the harbour the two headed eagle stands tall.

…and the flame on top of the Russian church shines in the sun.

Time for lunch at El Fant.

Tuomiokirkko is a must see on any visit to Helsinki.

The hanging baskets are still doing well.

The new library is a great place to spend some time.

There is an outdoor terrace which won’t be in use much longer…until next spring.

The harbour in the late afternoon.

See you in November Helsinki, maybe there will be snow.

 

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Helsinki is a gorgeous city at any time, but in summer it really shines. We were lucky to enjoy perfect summer weather on our recent visit.

The iconic sites in Helsinki look fabulous under blue skies.

 

Toolonlahti was buzzing with life.

The white duck is still around.

Esplanadi was full of people enjoying the weather, the greenery and the flowers.

 

The harbour markets were busy and full of great things.

Thank you Helsinki for putting on a perfect summer visit.

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Finland wins

The Stone Men are wearing blue to celebrate Finland’s win against Canada in the ice hockey world championship.

Thank you Jodie for sharing…kiitos means thank you.

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The new Helsinki Central Library Oodi opened on 5th December 2018 opposite the Finnish Parliament in the Toolonlahti district. It sits beside the Helsinki Music Centre and the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art.

It is a stunning building flowing like a wave across the square.

Oodi Helsinki

Oodi Helsinki

Its 3 levels house a cafe, restaurant, public balcony, movie theatre, audio-visual recording studio and makerspace.

Oodi Helsinki

Oodi Helsinki

Oodi Helsinki

Oodi Helsinki

Oodi Helsinki

The open plan reading room, known as book heaven, takes up the entire top floor.

Oodi Helsinki

 

Oodi Helsinki

The residents of Helsinki are lucky to have such a beautiful space in the city.

Please take a look at the official site to see more.

http://www.oodihelsinki.fi

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Together in Finland

Two young friends of mine from Brisbane have begun an adventure in Finland. Jodie and Allen have embarked on a new life in Helsinki.

Jodie has a connection with Finland. Her mother was born there and Jodie has been a regular visitor for most of her life. Allen has also enjoyed several trips to Finland and they both feel quite at home in this wonderful country.

They have already travelled widely in the country and will continue to explore when their new jobs permit.

You can follow their adventures on Instagram. Look for Together in Finland. Jodie is a whiz at organising explorations of Finland so leave a comment below if you are planning a visit.

Jodie and Allan in Finland

Finland is lucky to have them.

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I love discovering a new area (for me) in Helsinki. On my last trip to Helsinki I joined some friends who have just moved to the city to explore the area, Eira,  where their apartment is located.

We began our walk at St John’s church.

Helsinki

Join us for a wander past some stunning architecture.

Helsinki

Helsinki

We stopped for a coffee at this great market called Moka.

Helsinki

Helsinki

 

We pressed on…

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

We ended our walk where we began.

Helsinki

Helsinki

The day was overcast and cool, but Helsinki still looked great. I will be back in Helsinki soon. I am hoping for snow.

 

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Ice and snow in Helsinki

There has been some cold weather in Helsinki with lots of snow. My lovely friend Jodie went for a walk along the seaside.

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

She found beautiful ice sculptures created by the snowfall and and the action of the water.

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

Winters in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

Winter Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

She also found two swans out foraging for food. I worry about their poor legs getting horribly cold paddling around in that freezing water. They must be tough to survive the winter in Helsinki.

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

Winter in Helsinki

I will be in Helsinki in a few weeks. I am hoping for snow.

Winters in Helsinki

Thank you Jodie for sharing gorgeous Helsinki.

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